Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots
|WR - #72||266.23||NE||Active||8 years||30||5'11||190||@DannyAmendola|
2015 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs
Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): Amendola looked healthy last week, which led to seven catches for 62 yards and a TD on 13 targets. He has two 100-yard receiving games with two TDs on the year. Over his last three games, he has 36 targets with 26 catches, 258 yards and a TD. He's clearly Brady's WR of choice with an Edelman opportunity. Houston ranks 9th in the league in WR Fantasy defense, with improved success defending WRs in the last five games (24.7 Fantasy points per game). WRs have 13 TDs vs. them. CB Kareem Jackson has shown risk all season while being shifted to the slot corner with rookie CB Kevin Johnson playing well on the outside. Solid volume game, but I can't trust that he will go off in this game.
Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): The recent reports point to Amendola returning to the starting lineup this week. He turned in a limited practice on Thursday. He has 19 catches for 196 yards on 23 targets in his last two starts and two 100-yard receiving games on the year. Amendola should be a clear edge over CB E.J. Biggers. Even if he plays he will be a tough start. If the Patriots pull ahead early, his playing time will be limited.
Amendola has been a bust in his two season with the Patriots. Last year, he caught only 27 passes on 42 targets for 200 yards and one TD. However, he was an ace in the hole for New England during the playoffs. He crushed the Baltimore Ravens when he caught five of his six targets for 81 yards and two TDs. In addition, he returned five punts for 125 yards. After having no value again against the Colts in the next round as Blount hogged the ball with an impressive display of running, Danny had a solid Super Bowl; he caught five passes for 48 yards and a score. Part of his late-season success was due to more playing time in Weeks 16 and 17 while Edelman was sidelined by a concussion. Amendola is a solid pass catcher with value on third downs. The Patriots' shortage of pass-catching options out of the backfield may lead to Amendola seeing a bump in playing time this season. Danny works best as a handcuff to Edelman. In the end, his playoff success was well worth his contract.
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